“It’s my turn to serve”: Green Beret spouse pays it forward in memory of her late husband


Since 2009, the Green Beret Foundation has helped The United States Army Special Forces transition from combat to retirement. The foundation also helps the families of those killed in combat.

In 2013, Staff Sergeant Michael Simpson was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. In the years following his death, his wife, Krista Anderson, has traveled the country, helping families and spouses affected by similar tragedy. 

It was only natural the Green Beret Foundation attach a title to the good work Anderson had been doing across the country. As the first ever Gold Star Family liaison, Anderson represents the foundation and assist Gold Star families nationwide through their own losses and grief.

“I think it was something I was kind of doing anyways,” said Anderson. “[The Green Beret Foundation] supported our family from the very beginning and it’s important for us to give back. That’s the lesson that I want to show my children…they get to say their dad died a hero.”

Anderson, now a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, is raising her two boys with her current husband: also a Green Beret, and also a friend and teammate of her late husband’s. “We’re a family of five,” said Anderson. “He understands the importance of honoring Mike and he wants to honor him too.” 

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